Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
and Evaluation in Higher Education
- Winona State
University's extensive list of rubrics for various disciplines,
skills, and college-level assignments includes examples from many
campuses. Note the link you can use to suggest additional
- Examples of rubrics for general education outcomes from Brenau
Forms and Rubrics and follow the drop-down menus. (Word
- Washington State
University rubric for critical thinking.
- Sites designed for K-12 education, but useful as models and
adaptable for higher education performance assessments.
Association for Institutional
of American Colleges & Universities
Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
Learning Assessment Project (CLA)
- Standardized assessment of general education skills &
- Reports emphasize institutional value-added.
- From the Council for Aid to
on the Future of Higher Education
Council for Advancement of
Standards in Higher Education
Educational Testing Service
ERIC (Education Resources
Glossaries: Assessment Terms
- Assessment in
Higher Education includes a list of glossaries.
Assessment and Accreditation Glossary, from California State
University, Stanislaus (pdf file).
Assessment Definitions, from California State University, Long
Glossary, from Dartmouth College
Assessment Glossary, from Millersville University.
Assessment Glossary, from the University of Nebraska at
Glossary of Terms, from California State University,
Assessment Terminology: A Glossary of Useful Terms.
Assessment Terms, from Northern Illinois University.
Beyond Confusion: An Assessment Glossary, from Association of
American Colleges & Universities Peer Review.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student
- Dictionary of Student
Outcome Assessment. Searcheable. From James Madison
of Useful Terms, from the Massachussets Dept. of Education's
System for Adult Basic Education (SABES).
Lexicon of Assessment Terms, from California State University,
Learning Outcomes Assessment Glossary, from California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Outcomes Assessment Review and Report: Key Terms, from
Tidewater Community College.
Education Research Institute (HERI)
support for enhancing student assessment
National Assessment Governing
- Information about the National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP). These are assessments of students in grades 4, 8,
and 12, not of college students. Relevant to assessment in higher
education as illustration of a current national model for assessing
- The NCES site "The Nation's Report
Card" has details about and reports from NAEP assessments in
various subject areas.
- Other sites includes information about the Third
International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
- The web site includes summaries of NCTLA research
- NCTLA is part of Penn State's Center for the Study of Higher
Education Cooperative (NPEC)
- A project of the National Center for Education Statistics
- NPEC student outcomes projects focus on assessment
policy, methods, coordination, and/or data use.
- pdf files of papers from some NPEC projects on assessment are
- Definitions and
assessment methods for various general-education areas.
National Study of
National Survey of
Student Engagement (NSSE)
Inventory of Higher Education Assessment Instruments, from the
National Center for Postsecondary Improvement (NCPI) and the
Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER).
Information about instruments for institutional effectiveness,
basic skills (general education), affective development, and
Assessment Instrument Project: Searchable database of
information about (some) nationally-standardized surveys and tests.
The executive summary (pdf file) has additional information about
Quality: Choosing Among Surveys and Other Assessments of College
Quality (pdf file). Describes and compares nationally
standardized assessment instruments.
on Assessment include definitions, information about tests and
other instruments. Volumes include Definitions and Assessment
Methods for: (pdf files)
- Some instrument names and details have changed since these
reports were published. E.g., ETS' Academic
Profile is now the MAPP (Measure of Academic Progress
& Proficiency) and HERI's College
Student Survey is now the College Senior Survey. If the reports'
links don't forward you to the latest versions, search the
- Instruments too recent to be included in these reports include:
- Extensive list of links to information about alternative
assessment and electronic portfolios, from Helen Barrett at the
University of Alaska, Anchorage.
- Report on computer- based
portfolio assessment project at Palomar
- Diagnostic Digital
Portfolio at Alverno
College. Enter and Demo are restricted to
Alverno students, faculty, & staff.
University student portfolios. Information for students, with
online examples of various types of portfolios.
Günter Krumme in the University of Washington Geography
Department has posted information about learning portfolios at UW,
in the department, and at other institutions.
College web-based portfolio, including examples and links to
- Open Source Portfolio
(OSP), an open source software project coordinated with Sakai, an open source
learning environment (course management system) project.
- Up-to-date information includes OSP documentation. The
OSP 2.0 Demo site was not available when last
- The article mentioned in the University of Minnesota Electronic
Portfolio entry, below, includes information about OSP (p. 9).
- University of Minnesota's Electronic
Portfolio. Development of the University of Minnesota's
ePortfolio system is described in the 2003 Educause
portfolios need standards to thrive (pdf file, requires Adobe
Reader 5.0 or better).
Portfolio from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The demo
and the student and instructor
Help manuals (pdf files) were not available when last
State University portfolio project: FAQ, portfolio prompts, and
portfolio guidelines for students and faculty.
- University of
Denver Portfolio Community. Guest registration allows
- Commercial products to manage on-line portfolios
Angel ePortfolio assessment and management tool, can link to
Angel's learning management tools.
- Chalk &
offers professional portfolios for individual students and
course-related juried portfolios for performance assessment.
Performance portfolios can be summarized for the unit, the course,
or the learning outcome.
- Also see Helen Barrett's list of
commercial e-portfolio vendors.
- In the ASSESS
discussion-list archive, select May 2005 and scroll down to
Electronic Portfolio Software and Assessment, Renee Corbin's list
of e-portfolio products. Open the message and then click
[text/html] at the bottom of the page for a version with "live"
Qualitative data analysis methods and
- In the ASSESS
discussion-list archive select September 2007 and scroll down
to the thread
Qualitative Data Analysis Question, initiated by Mitzi
Lewis. In October 2007, scroll down to the thread
Qualitative Data Analysis Question - Summary for Mitzi's
summary of responses and some more discussion.
Tools to Help Organize Assessment
Assessment Management Software. This 2006 ASSESS post
from Margie Hobbs at the University of Mississippi includes a Word
document with information from a number of vendors. (Thanks,
Margie.) A link to download the document is at the bottom of the
archived message. The ASSESS archive has earlier posts in this
thread from folks who have used some of the products.
- eLumen Achievement
database for assessment processes, rubrics, results, and reports.
How eLumen Achievement Models the Essential Process for
annotated screen shots.
- Institutional Effectiveness
Associates offer guidebooks, workshops, and organizing
- openIGOR: A free
Linux-based open-source program to manage information about program
outcomes and assessment-related documents. From Coker
- The Teacher Education Assessment System (TEAS), the Education
Program Identification Framework (EPIF), and the CEA-Candidate
Tracking (CEA-CAT), from the Center for
Education Assessment, facilitate NCATE and
state-level education accreditation reviews. They can also be used
to organize program assessment information in other academic
areas. Select Software.
database for assessment processes, information, and reports. From
from TrueOutcomes, keeps track of course-level learning outcomes
and can create a course*outcomes matrix.
Outcomes keeps track of assignment-level outcomes within and
across courses. From Subjective Metrics. Note: this site disables
your browser's (B)ack button.
Also see assessment pages from participating institutions:
What is "Good" Assessment? A Synthesis of Principles of Good
Practice (pdf file)
- Five dimensions of good assessment practice, summarized from
national organizations and assessment experts. With references to
and summaries of the sources.
- From Linda Suskie at MSA-CHE.
Outcomes Assessment Misses
- From TLT Group's Flashlight
program, so it focuses on assessment about technology -- but the
general points apply to any assessment project.